Lila Karasiuk was in her house in Mill Woods on Thursday morning with her infant son Kenzie, making something to eat when she heard a loud bang.
The house shook and power went out, but she didn’t think anything of it. She checked the breaker in the basement and everything seemed in order — although there was a strange smell lingering in the air.
It wasn’t until she went outside that a neighbour told her the house had been struck by lightning.
“It was nice that someone drove by and saw because I wouldn’t have known that we were hit,” Lila said. “I just thought it was a really loud clap of thunder.”
When her husband Darren Karasiuk came home, he noticed some damage around the outside of the house.
The neighbours reported a few flames on the roof of the house and called the fire department, but there was no significant fire to put out, said Darren.
“On the outside where the downspout is, it got blown off and melted,” he said. “We have some charred marks on the inside of the house that controls the switch. Some clothes got burnt.”
The family estimates there between $3,000 and $5,000 in damage that they hope will be partially covered by insurance.
Regardless, the Karasiuks are happy things weren’t worse.
“Especially seeing her jackets that were charred by it,” Darren said. “If it was a different material, it could have ignited. We don’t know what could have happened.”
Lila sees one bright side to the incident.
“The neighbours were very supportive,” she said. “Nice way to meet your neighbours — but not good circumstances.”